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Haine-Hoffman metal theft task force signed into law


From Illinois Business Journal

SPRINGFIELD – A measure creating a Recyclable Metal Theft Task Force — pushed by two Metro East legislators — has been signed into law.

The task force will be charged with establishing a collaborative effort to combat recyclable metal theft throughout the state. The high price of copper has led people to steal wiring and piping from utility property, electrical infrastructure and vacant homes.

“Metal theft has become a major issue,” said Bill Haine, D-Alton, who sponsored the measure in the Senate. “It is important we combat this problem head on, and that is exactly what this task force will do. When people steal the copper out of utility lines, it causes issues resulting in power disruptions and revenue loss. This can lead to major electric outages and expensive repairs that impact ratepayers. This task force protects consumers and reduces costs associated with metal theft. ”

The measure, House Bill 330, was originally introduced by Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, in the House.

The measure creating the task force was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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